Nashville Scene has a short article ahead of this weekend's Blake Babies shows:
“There’s an ease to playing with them, John and Freda,” Hatfield explains. “A chemistry that I don’t have with any other things that I’ve done. So it’s not just going back and getting together and playing the old songs — it’s really trying to use our present energy, who we’ve become as people, taking this new, older, richer, experienced energy and bringing that to the old songs and seeing how they mix together.”
There's also an interview with John at weld for Birmingham.
Furthermore, did we know that there are Blake Babies fans in R.E.M.?
Trump’s Recent Comments About Sexual Assault Had Juliana Hatfield Reaching for Her Valium - The Talkhouse
Juliana, writing for The Talkhouse:
A few months ago I tweeted, “All Trump footage should be prefaced by a trigger warning.” I was sort of joking, but sort of not. Trump’s lurid omnipresence has been irritating, but you could kind of laugh it off: “Oh, he’s just a clown, he’ll eventually go away. The country that voted for Barack Obama — twice! — will never elect Trump president.” He was unpalatable, but he was still a clown. A scary clown, but a clown.
But it’s not funny anymore. Since the Trump “pussy grab” tapes were released, I’ve found myself wanting to reach for my emergency supply of valium, which I keep mainly for plane travel to ease my visceral fear of flying. These viscera of mine are currently in a state of constant high anxiety. It’s the Trump effect: the sight of his face and/or the sound of his voice tightens the stomach, the heart, the sphincter. Everything’s clenched. Even — maybe especially — the “pussy.”
The venom-spewing from and around Trump is a black cloud hovering over this country. Trump has re-opened the emotional wounds of millions of people. It’s his special talent, apart from self-propagandizing and con-artistry. He stirs up bitterness, hatred, anger; he brings out the worst in people. He does it to people on both sides — all sides. There’s bile all around.
Trump hits people where it hurts, he feeds on bad blood; he’s a viper. Trump hits people where it hurts, he feeds on bad blood; he’s a viper. (“Everything Trump Touches Dies ” read one recent headline quoting a GOP strategist.) He brings back bad memories — memories that have been safely stored away in the dusty basements of our minds.
Juliana goes on to recount such a memory, dating back to the early Blake Babies days.
Read the whole thing.
The Morning After: Tanya Donelly, Juliana Hatfield, and Yuck on the Legacy of Elliott Smith | Consequence of Sound
Juliana, speaking to Ryan Bray at Consequence of Sound:
Just by choosing the song, that’s tribute enough. You’re honoring its existence by tributing it. Whenever I’m choosing covers, I wonder, ‘Can I bring something of myself into this? Can I add anything to this?’ And if not, then I won’t do it. You have to throw yourself into the mix.
Juliana's cover of Needle In The Hay features on Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith, due for release this week by American Laundromat Records.
This is the same recording as released in 2014 as part of a tribute to the film director Wes Anderson.
Today's article at Consequence of Sound features further comments from Juliana about writing to Smith back in the Blake Babies era, and her approach to the song's theme of addiction.
Bray also speaks to Tanya Donelly and Yuck's Max Bloom, who also feature on the album.
Released today, here's a 53 minute long show featuring interviews with all 3 Blake Babies by Kill Rock Stars president Portia Sabin for the radio / podcast The Future Of What.
The first 30 minutes features John in conversation touching mainly on his involvement in the music industry both as artist and lawyer.
The second part is Juliana and Freda interviewed together on the Blake Babies history. It's great to hear Juliana describe Earwig and Sunburn as 'timeless'. She's rightly proud of the band.
Juliana goes on to confirm that they have new material planned with songwriting either imminent (in Juliana's case) or having already started (John and Freda). Fabulous.
You can listen right here from the embed above or subscribe to the podcast via the links at killrockstars.com/thefutureofwhat.
Thanks to Anna McClain who produced the show for getting in touch.
Juliana, at her official site:
I am liquidating the Ye Olde Records CD back catalog, so now is your chance to stock up on my music at a huge discount. I am offering, for a limited time, a 7-CD package for $25 plus $10 shipping (and packaging) to anywhere. There are 83 songs in this package. The titles are “How To Walk Away”, “Made In China”, “Wild Animals”, “Juliana Hatfield” (cover songs), the “How To Walk Away” demos (all solo albums), plus “Whatever, My Love” by The Juliana Hatfield Three and “Sittin’ In A Tree” by Juliana Hatfield and Frank Smith. Get ‘em while they’re hot/before they’re destroyed!
Announced today on Juliana's twitter:
Blake Babies played an outdoor event yesterday for Allston's Awesome Christmas. It looks like it was a lot of fun.
Thanks as ever to David Young for these excellent photos of the show.
- Take Me
- Julius Fast Body
- Look Away
- I'm Not Your Mother
- Your Way Or The Highway
- Out There
- From Here To Burma
- Nothing Ever Happens
- Wipe It Up
Juliana, for the The Talkhouse:
In late 1990, my band the Blake Babies set out on tour. We were young. I kept a diary. We were doing shows with Firehose, Mike Watt’s band at the time. These pages describe the scene one night, from my point of view, after we’d finished our opening set in Northampton, Massachusetts — plus what it was like to talk to Watt.
A 4 minute clip via PledgeMusic with snippets of last month's Blake Babies shows at Q Division. Includes a Q & A clip where all 3 are asked what they are up to now.